Basil-Parmesan Bites

Basil-Parmesan Bites

Be sure to chill the dough overnight; otherwise, the bites will be crumbly.

Southern Living MARCH 2006

  • Yield: Makes 32 bites
  • Prep time:20 Minutes
  • Chill:8 Hours
  • Bake:15 Minutes


  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut up
  • 2 tablespoons milk


Stir together first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or two forks until crumbly. (Mixture will look very dry.) Gently press mixture together with hands, working until blended and smooth (about 2 to 3 minutes).

Shape dough into 2 (4-inch-long) logs. Wrap each log in plastic wrap, and chill 8 hours.

Cut each log into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Brush tops with milk.

Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Parmesan Cheese Bites: Proceed with recipe as directed, omitting fresh basil.

Caryn Nabors, Gadsden, Alabama


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